Port Hedland, Western Australia. A thriving centre for the Pilbara Region, fueled by the millions of dollars poured into the local mining industry. A unique blend of massively resourced industrialisation and incredible natural wonders, the hinterland is littered with beautiful attractions and beaches. The city functions as a great base to explore the Region.
Where Is Port Hedland?
1600km North of Perth
Port Hedland is roughly 17 hours drive from Perth and the drive will typically take 2 days. We recommend taking a plane flight up here but if you wanted to drive use the Great Northern Highway (Route 1) which intersects through Port Hedland. Many coaches offer services here.
Founded in 1896 and named after Captain Peter Hedland who explored the area in 1863, the town served major pasttoral interests in the area.
In 1891, exports from Nullagine and Marble Bar goldfields became too much for the existing port to handle and so a jetty and 8km causeway over the marshes into the town were completed by 1899. First shipments of gold bullion were exported in 1899 and the town rapidly emerged as the Pilbara¹s major port. Railway arrived in 1911 and during the next 50 years the regions iron-ore depositis were mined and based out of Port Hedland.
With a Tropical climate, Port Hedland is smack-bang in the middle of 'cyclone alley'. The town feels the brunt of many cyclones during summer but for the rest of the year, the waters are calm and tranquil. Rainfall is plentiful during Summer and scarce in Winter, although temperatures are warm all year round.